It’s just over six months into a three year national partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland, and Ikea Glasgow staff are putting their back, hands, feet and creative powers into the relationship.
Since the partnership began the store at Braehead has raised nearly £4,000 for the charity’s local services. Ikea colleagues from different departments have been taking part in fundraising events including the Great Scottish Run and Half Marathon; holding bake sales, bucket collections and themed parties.
The store has also provided professional support with the children’s charity’s new initiative Gap Homes in Renfrewshire which supports young people making the transition from being in care to independent living. The team from Ikea helped young people with their furniture choices, and making the best use of the space. Joanne Felvus, children’s service manager, at the charity’s Threads service, said: “The impact of the Ikea team, turning a house into a home can’t be quantified, it has been an incredible experience for all involved from Barnardo’s Scotland and it is very much appreciated.”
Rob Cooper, store manager at Ikea Glasgow, said: “Our team really enjoyed working closely with the Gap Home service in Renfrewshire, we got a real sense of the work the charity does. We also felt a great sense of pride and satisfaction knowing that care-experienced young people have been given the very best start to their transition to independence with a beautiful house and home.
“We have enjoyed working with the charity during the last year and have many more ideas and fundraising initiatives taking place during 2020.”
Barnardo’s front line services are all within a short distance of every one of IKEA’s 22 stores across the UK, and throughout the duration of the partnership, IKEA will provide opportunities for co-workers and customers to engage and participate with fundraising events.
Main Photo: Staff from Ikea Glasgow presenting the charity with just some of the funds they have raised. (Left to right) Angela Renwick, Pete Nielsen, Mark Farquhar, John Johnston, Anna Wiltshire, Sue Senior